Friday, July 2, 2010
How to Use Coaching to Learn Technology Skills
Coaching is a better option for some to learn rather than receiving classroom instruction. Recently a friend of mine contacted me about learning to use new technologies on his job. If he takes the time to learn the skills needed there is no limit to how far he can advance with his organization.
His fear that he will not be able to master the technology is already starting to hold him back. He has the interpersonal skills and he has the education level needed to reach the top. But technology has entered into his space. And at some point it will enter your space as well.
He can no longer avoid mastering these skills. Are you uncomfortable learning technology skills from reading a book or taking a class? Maybe you should think about finding a technology coach. I have begun holding coaching sessions with my friend. Sometimes we do them in person, but as part of my getting him to embrace the power of technology many of our sessions are done remotely using technologies such as Skype, GoToWebinar, and FreeConferenceCall.com.
I once heard one of my favorite coaches, Bill Parcells say, “Confidence is born of demonstrated ability”. Working with a coach is an excellent way to build your confidence using technology.